A TALK BY REV. NICK MILES (POWHATAN) AND DR. HERIBERTO “AIRY” DIXON (TUTELO-MUSKOKE)
Judson Memorial Church, NYC Sunday, May 19, 2013
“Mitakuye Oyasin” is a phrase that all people should embrace and adopt as the foundation of one’s life. It is basis of life for the Sioux and embodies the values of the Christian faith. How we go about building authentic relationships with Native American/First Nation People requires that we educate and live by the 3 R’s: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Recommitment.
Rev. Nick Miles traces his family back to the uncle of Pocahontas, Opechancanough. He is a member of the Pamunkey Tribe, Powhatan Nation, in Virginia, his father and brother previous chiefs of the tribe. Rev. Miles is recently retired, having served for 39 years as the pastor of United Reformed Church in Bloomington, New York. He continues serving the larger church as an occasional preacher and consultant. Nick is also the Lead Singer and Drum Keeper of the Cloudbreaker Society, Association of Native Americans of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Dr. Heriberto “Airy” Dixon (Tutelo-Muskoke) is an elder of the Saponi Nation of Ohio. Retired Associate Professor of Human Resources Management at the Milano School of Management, New School University. Retired Lecturer in Business and Native American History, SUNY New Paltz. Author, presenter, researcher and Seminole reenactor. Currently researching Eastern Siouen migration north to Iroquoia, and south to the Seminole. Dr. Dixon is also a student of Native American theology.